FEATURED HOST: HENRY ORELLANA

Henry Orellana believes that passion and love are the key to a successful meal. Fine dining experiences are the moments when passion shines the most– you can see the care and affection within each dish and each course offered. That’s why this week Henry is an H2BLD featured chef. His upcoming Intimate Latin-Fusion Dining Experience offers four courses of finely crafted Latin Fusion cuisine, each plate will show off his flare for cooking developed in his mother’s kitchen and in LA area restaurants.

Seating is limited to six guests- click here to reserve you spot at the table now.

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Angelo’s Farms

H2BLD supports organic, healthy, and Non-GMO foods. We love knowing where our food comes from and how it is grown. That’s why we love connecting guests with hosts and chefs who they can speak to directly- and everyone is able to know how their meal got to the table. Small or large scale, creative meals should be healthy as well as delicious.

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The southern California farmers at Angelo’s Farms- farms run by a multigenerational family in the High Desert and Chino Hills!  They grow organic pumpkins, zucchini’s, cucumbers, seedless watermelons, large delicious watermelons, Persian melons, cantaloupe, honeydew melons, queen table squash, butternut and buttercup squash, grape and steak tomatoes, green beans, radishes, garlic, dates, varieties of kale, fingerling potatoes, red potatoes, white potatoes, blue potatoes, cabbage, beets, spinach and more.

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Check out their website and contact them to find out what local farmer’s markets they attend.

http://angelosfarms.com/

Recipe: Squash Blossoms and Avocado Salad

Squash blossoms are the flowers that grow on different squash and zucchini plants in late May. In the fall you can eat the squash themselves, but right now the blossoms are available at many farmers markets, and local squash blossoms can even be found at some Trader Joes locations. Here is just one of many recipes to use them in.

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Squash Blossom and Avocado Salad (serves 4-6)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 butter lettuce head, torn into large pieces

2 cups small squash blossoms, stems removed, divided

3 tablespoons roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds

1 avocado, peeled and sliced

Preparation

Whisk together the lemon juice, oil, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Tear up the lettuce and add it to a separate bowl with 1 1/2 cups blossoms, the sunflower seeds, and avocado. Pour over the dressing and lightly toss the salad until coated. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup blossoms on top of the salad, and serve.

*Squash blossoms are best used one or two days after purchasing.

citation: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/squash-blossom-avocado-butter-lettuce-salad

Thank You for Learning With Us!

Host Workshop

We had some great workshops in LA over the last few weeks! Thank you to those who attended, we are excited to start planning your H2BLDs with you.

We are very excited to have more workshops in SF this month (more information to come), and we are looking forward to sharing more knowledge about how to grow as an H2BLD host with all of you!

Check out the blogpost about these workshops to see how you can learn more: http://www.h2bld.com/februaryworkshops/

H2BLD Loves Ampelos Cellars Wines

Ampelos BottlesAmpelos Vineyards and Cellars are an H2BLD favorite!

This vineyard, in the city of Lompoc in Santa Barbara County, is the first vineyard in the United States to be certified organic, biodynamic, and sustainable. This means that their grape-growing practices surpass standards of other organic vineyards.

Ampelos Vineyards and Cellars avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers and harmful chemical pesticides in their wine. Biodynamic viticulture (biodynamic grape-growing) adds additional attention to the way grapes grow best in the soil they are planted in as well as attention to the climate and surrounding plant species.

“At its most basic, the biodynamic approach to grape-growing sees the vineyard as an ecological whole: not just rows of grapevines, but the soil beneath them—an organism in its own right—and the other flora and fauna in the area, growing together interdependently.”¹

As studies have shown time and time again over the past few decades, a glass of wine is good for you- The American Heart Association cites a number of health benefits  associated with moderate consumption of wine, including lower risk of diabetes and lower risk of heart disease.²

So next time you attend an H2BLD, bring a bottle from Ampelos Cellars. It not only brings joy to your H2BLD meal but also is part of the organic lifestyle we aim to support.

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Lunch in Beautiful Hollywood Hills

How about a traditional lunch in Hollywood California with a salad made famous by Hollywood’s elite.  Chinese Chicken Salad made famous in 1980 or the Chopped salad made famous by La Scala Restaurant, both of these salads are served overlooking the beautiful  the Hollywood Hills Menu: Carrot Ginger Soup Salads Chopped salad with organic turkey breast, iceberg […]

H2BLD: Farm Fresh, Organic & Non-GMO

We are excited to be able to share with everyone the healthy “H2BLD Experience.” H2BLD is a force for change, as a mechanism for all to eat healthy, by providing Hosts that believe in and provide the H2BLD experience with food that is organic or pesticide free and non-genetically modified (or Non-GMO). What Does Organic Mean? […]